As China Blast Toll Hits 50, Fears Mount Over Chemical Contamination

China get’s their Texas City. More than likely the source of the explosion will not be found. It was probably dust and stuff that was OK by itself. but went boom when mixed accidently. A real mess.
More from the BBC.

The Daily Mail.

And The NY Times.


Popular Mechanics.


I talked with my friend Roy, who is a retired hazardous transportation manager at a major chemical company and got this from him.  “Based on the yellow color and brightness of the second explosions it was probably sodium and dry material.  The first explosion was probably a gas leak.” We agreed that it looked like a hell of a fireworks show.


More pics.


A great article from a very brave Chinese reporter.

The Chinese government is a bunch of fools.  Rather than try to censor the stuff that’s already leaking like a sieve, they should be tying to get the new out as much as possible.  Look, this is hardly the first industrial accident that’s ever happened.  It’s not even close to the largest I’ve seen.  The thing to do is learn from your mistakes.  That means talking to experts like my friend Roy, who’s been dealing with this stuff for decades.  the Chinese government should see this as an opportunity to learn how to prevent another one, rather than as something to hide.


The death toll rises.  Based on the known dead and missing it looks like it will be about 200.  It also looks like the warehouse was storing about 10 times or more of the amount of Sodium Cyanide that was supposed to be allowed.


An environmental expert says evacuation of the area around Wednesday’s mammoth warehouse blast in the Chinese port city of Tianjin is the “main priority,” and warned of the explosion’s long term consequences.

His words came as the death toll continued to rise, with at least 50 people dead and over 500 hospitalized, of which 71 are in critical condition, officials said Thursday. Several of the dead are reportedly firefighters.

“With a blast like this, normally you would expect the transport [of particulate matter] to be along the wind gradient or contours, but a blast this big must push it beyond that in the opposite direction,” Ravi Naidu, Director of the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation at the University of Newcastle Australia, told TIME. “Not just people but animals and other organisms would be exposed to certain chemicals.”

Rescue operations have been temporarily suspended while chemical teams scan the area…

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